The Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Iowa caucuses of the Oscars, began on Monday night in downtown Manhattan. Jordan Peele received the first prize of the night for his script of "Get Out".
"When I started writing this movie I decided to make a movie that would be my favorite movie I had never seen". Peele said about the horror drama released by Universal Pictures. "I did not know what would really ever be achieved."
He added: "It is so important that we support these voices from the outside, this perspective that we have not seen, we have not heard, they will resonate, we need these stories."
Timothee Chalamet, 21, received the actor award for his performance in "Llámame por tu nombre", a gay love story in Italy directed by Luca Guadagnino. "Big and big thanks to my dancing partner Armie Hammer for being so damned talented," Chalamet said of his on-screen co-star.
John Cameron Mitchell led the dinner on Cipriani Wall Street with a quasi-political monologue that slipped into the ballroom and almost did not laugh or applaud. "It's a strange moment," said the director of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." "So we resist because we are in a panic and we want to do the right thing so hard."
Al Gore, winner of a career tribute and the producer of the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel", took a moment in his speech to give a shout to "my peeps from Nashville" Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. "Big Little Lies" was amazing, "says the vice president, who offers a resounding endorsement of the HBO miniseries. ("We are going to solve this crisis," he said later about climate change.)
"Get Out" leads the nominations with four, while "Lady Bird" by Greta Gerwig has three together with "Columbus" from Kogonada.  In addition to "Get Out", the films nominated for the best film are "Call me by your name", "I, Tonya", "Good Time" and "The Florida Project".
The 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards also presents tributes to Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola, Jason Blum, director of photography Ed Lachman and Al Gore.
Watch the live broadcast on the IFP Facebook page.
See the winners below:
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Name (Sony Pictures Clbadics)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
The strange eyes of Dr. Myes (YouTube)
Leave, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)
Call me by your name (Sony Pictures Clbadics)
The Florida Project (A24)
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Good Time (A24)
I, Tonya (NEON / 30WEST)
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library ( Zipporah Films)
Rat movie (MEMORY and Cinema Guild)
Strong Island (Netflix)
Who are the streets? (Magnolia Pictures)
The Work (The Orchard and First Look Media)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Maggie Betts for Novitiate (Sony Pictures Clbadics)
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (A24)
] Kogonada for Columbus (Superlative Films / Depth of Field)
Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe (A24)
Best Actor *
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project (A24)
James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24)
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Robert Pattinson in Good Time (A24)
Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix)
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (Magnolia Pictures)
Best Actress *
Melanie Lynskey in I Do not Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix)
Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (Superlative Films / Depth of Field)
Margot Robbi e in I, Tonya (NEON / 30WEST)
Saoirse Ro Nan in Lady Bird (A24)
Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime (FilmRise)
* The nomination committee for the best actor / best actress of 2017 also voted to award a special Gotham jury prize for his joint performance with Mudbound, the award goes to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan and Jonathan Banks.
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Atlanta (FX Networks)
Best Things (FX Networks))
Dear White People (Netflix)
Search Match (TBS)